The lion rampant is
associated with valour and leadership with ferocious warrior traits
and was chosen to reflect service and loyalty.
The plants on the
shield reflect the armigerís Ulster-Scots (Scots-Irish) heritage
and identity as well as the region his origin, Northern Ireland. The
thistle has long been associated with Scotland and is seen as the
emblem of that country and the flax flower has in recent times
appeared in various heraldic designs as the flower of Northern
Ireland, examples are evident on the logo of the Northern Ireland
Assembly as well as on the badge of the Supreme Court of the United
Kingdom and can be found on some denominations of UK coinage.
The lion salient
continues the lion theme reinforcing the same symbolism, while the
locomotive wheel represent progress and the armigerís great passion
for ferroequinology (study of the iron horse, better known as rail